PhotoPicker for Lightroom — select photos from Lightroom on the iPad or iPhone

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Important: If you have a problem with the application — do not write about it in the reviews in the AppStore. Write directly to the e-mail support application photopicker.ios@gmail.com and we will quickly contact you to help.

Scheme for exchanging the Lightroom catalog via AirDrop for MacOS users

 

 

 

1. Creating a catalog and importing photo

Tip: Create a separate Lightroom catalog for each photo session. Lightroom works faster if there are no more than 10,000 photos in the catalog.

To create a new LR catalog, select File > New catalog …, select the folder, specify the directory name and click Create

MacOS: Select the menu Lightroom > Catalog Settings… Then go to the File Handling tab and set the Standard Preview Size to 2880 pixels.

Windows: Select the menu Edit > Catalog Settings… Then go to the File Handling tab and set the Standard Preview Size to 2880 pixels

Tip: To reduce the size of the directory for Standard Previews, you can select a lower value of 2048 pixels, but you will lose some detail when the photo is enlarged.

To import photos, select File > Import Photos and Video from the menu. Specify Standard for the Build Previews parameter, select a photo, and click Import.

Tip: The latest version of the PhotoPicker application supports a 1:1 previews, so if you have an iPad Air or iPhone 6 or newer device, you can specify a value of 1:1 for the Build Previews.

2. Copying Lightroom catalog to PhotoPicker App

Important: If you start to edit photos after the import, Lightroom will remove their high-resolution previews from the catalog. PhotoPicker App will then report «High resolution image preview is not available…»:

 

To resolve this before copying the Lightroom catalog to the PhotoPicker App, first rebuild the previews. Select all the photos, go to the Library tab and select Library > Previews > Build Standard-Sized Preview.

2.1 For MacOS users

a) via AirDrop: The scheme is given at the beginning of the manual.

b) via cloud services (iCloud, DropBox and others):

Archive the Lightroom catalog into a ZIP archive and copy the archive to any cloud folder. In the PhotoPicker program on the screen displaying all the catalogs, click the Export icon and select the archive on the cloud service

c) via iTunes File Sharing:

Copy your * .lrcat catalog file and the * Previews.lrdata folder to the iPad via iTunes File Sharing into the PhotoPicker application. To do this, connect the iPad, launch iTunes, select your iPad in iTunes, go to its App tab and in File Sharing select the PhotoPicker application and click Add. Then select two elements at the same time — the catalog file *. Lrcat and the folder * Previews.lrdata and click Add.

If the copied catalog does not appear on the iPad in PhotoPicker, pull to refresh.

2.2 For Windows users

In the latest versions of iTunes, there is an opportunity for Windows users to copy the catalog file and folder with the preview without creating a pre-archive. Just drag and drop the catalog file and the preview folder into the iTunes File Sharing window of PhotoPicker:

If the copied catalog does not appear on the iPad in PhotoPicker, pull to refresh.

2.3 Alternative way of copying via FTP for MacOS and Windows users

Copy speed with this method is lower than through iTunes.

It is necessary that the iPad be connected via WiFi to one network with a computer.

In the PhotoPicker application, click the FTP icon. The FTP server will start and a window with the connection settings will be displayed on the screen

 

For Windows users to copy, we recommend using the built-in FTP client in the Total Commander file manager or similar.

IMPORTANT: After copying in the root of the FTP server, the * .lrcat directory file and the corresponding folder with previews * Previews.lrdata should be placed, not the folder that contains them

After copying, stop the FTP server by clicking Stop FTP Server in the window.

3. Menu

Autoadvance provides the transition to the next photo immediately after the setting of the flags.

Thumbnails size can be selected from three options — Small, Medium and Large.

Swipe gesture allows you to select the action for the swipe gesture: controls flags, ratings or combined mode, when the swipe on the left side of the screen controls the rating, and the right one — the flags.

Previews 1:1 support — displaying 1:1 previews provided that it was specified when importing photos into the Lightroom catalog.

Always hide rating control — hides the rating control when viewing a single photo.

Hide flag control in full-screen mode — hides the flags control when viewing a single photo when other controls are hidden.

Invisible flag setting - disables the pop-up icon when setting flags.

Clear cache — deletes temporary files. It is recommended after you delete a catalog.

 

4. Working with the LR catalog in PhotoPicker

Select a specific LR catalog and folder in the catalog structure, or click All photos to display all the photos in the catalog. The photos are sorted by the shooting date and time.

 

 

Photos can be filtered by flags, rating and color labels.

You can also search for the last picked photo by clicking on .

In viewing mode you can change the rating and flags for individual photos by using the following gestures:

  • Swipe up: sets the green flag for the photo in sequence (red flag > no flag > green flag).
  • Swipe down: sets the red flag for the photo in sequence (green flag > no flag > red flag).
  • Double click: zoom 2X on a certain part of the photo.
  • Left and right are the tap-zones for instantaneous transition to the previous and next photos, respectively.

In this mode, external keyboards (bluetooth and smart) are supported:

  • 0-5: setting the appropriate rating
  • 6-9: Setting Color Labels
  • up / down: control flags, similar to swipe gestures up / down
  • right / left: navigate between photos

 

5. Copying a catalog from PhotoPicker to Lightroom

When you have finished making your selections, copy only the *.lrcat catalog file from your iPad to the Lightroom directory via iTunes file sharing or the built-in FTP server. The folder * Previews.lrdata only contains previews and does not need to be copied.

After that you can continue processing the selected photos in Lightroom.

6. Deleting a LR catalog in PhotoPicker App

To delete a LR catalog in PhotoPicker App, swipe the catalog line to the left and click «Delete».

Again, if you have a problem with the application — do not write about it in the reviews in the AppStore, which does not provide feedback. Write directly to the e-mail support application photopicker.ios@gmail.com and we will quickly contact you to help.

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